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Drowning of Mattheus Mair, Wier, 1592. Engraving by Jan Luiken in Martyrs <br/> Mirror Martyrs Mirror , v. 2, p. 788 of Dutch edition. Scan provided by Mennonite Library and Archives Mennonite Library and Archives
Matthias Mair, a Hutterite martyr, a native of Tyrol, Austria, chosen deacon in 1551; betrayed by a priest, who sent his cook after him to detain him under the pretense that she wanted to become an Anabaptist, he fell into the hands of the Catholic peasants at Wier near Vienna, was taken to Baden, and after six days of imprisonment, during which the priests tried in vain to convert him, he was drowned on 27 July 1592. Three or four times the executioner pulled him out of the water to ask him whether he would recant, but he refused as long as he could speak. His death produced excitement and disappointment among the people, for he was known as a good and upright man. He and Thoman Haan are mourned in the song (20 stanzas), "Trost, Fried und Freud, Standhaftigkeit im Herren."

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Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1957


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Neff, Christian. "Mair, Matthias (d. 1592)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 30 Jul 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mair,_Matthias_(d._1592)&oldid=89254.

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Neff, Christian. (1957). Mair, Matthias (d. 1592). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 July 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Mair,_Matthias_(d._1592)&oldid=89254.




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